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Manitoba License Plates

From Manny Jacob:

Single annual licence plate year stickers issued 1971-94 with latest blue '94' expired 2-28-95.

Day month/year stickers issued 1995-2010 with latest mo/yr blue FEB 11.

Month 5-year term stickers issued between 2010-16 displaying expiry years 2010-21 with latest sticker date APR 2021.

All plates issued without expiration stickers after 3-1-16; white blanks issued to cover 2016-21 stickers as older plates renewed thereafter.

Passenger plates dropped sticker boxes starting in 2018 at HXP 101.

Standard Passenger Plates

Passenger

LNN 678
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Hi-Signs dies used briefly in 2003 for plates DPA-DWC.

Series progressed from FTZ 999 to FWA 001 in mid/late-2010, from FXZ 999 to FZA 001 in late March 2011, and from GCZ 999 to GEA 001 in late October 2011.  GFA-GFZ was omitted.

From Andrew Osborne: The bison at the top right corner of Manitoba plates changed from the blue-outlined one in use since 1997 to the solid black one that appears on Blue Bombers and Jets specialty at the start of the GLX series. Andrew also reports that Manitoba issued the HEL series.

Darryl Antoniw - 15 Jun ’24

Passenger - French

JBY 260
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"Bienvenue" bottom center. Series began in February 2013 at JBA 101.

Andrew Osborne - 1 May ’24

Non-passenger Plates

Collector

CL11222
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Black on yellow. No restrictions as to usage. Some people were allowed to choose a number early in the issue in 2014, like "years" (such as CL01949) but the true high for the sequential numbers is around CL00700 as of Sept. 2014.

The program offers collector vehicle owners Basic all-perils insurance protection throughout the year, with the convenience of not having to switch to Lay-up or another insurance product in the winter months.

To be eligible for the CVP, a vehicle must be:

  • a passenger vehicle, light truck (gross vehicle weight of 4,540 kgs or less) or motorcycle,
  • used for pleasure only under Basic Autopac (i.e. not used for regular commuting),
  • at least 25 years old, and
  • maintained at a value of at least $5,000 for passenger vehicles and light trucks or over $4,000 for motorcycles.

Manny Jacob - 15 Apr ’24

Collector Cycle

CL835
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Collector Motorcycle plates were introduced in 2014 for bikes with a valid safety certificate, older than 25 years, insured for pleasure use and maintained to a value of at least $4000. Initial plate production included sticker box outlines but later productions dropped the boxes, enlarged the province name, shifted the numbers downwards and featured HD sheeting.

Initially plates were centrally issued (starting at CL001) but they are now mainly distributed via the broker network, with high 2023 stock reaching the CM900 series. Collector MC plates all measure 4" × 7" and can be personalized with a maximum of 5 characters. Approximately 40 Collector Motorcycles were registered annually in the first few years of the program.

Andrew Osborne - 31 Dec ’23

Commercial

CRH 650
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The common Manitoba Commercial Truck (CT) plate has been issued in pairs starting with the CAA series in 1997. Most of these plates were made by Waldale except for the CDA and CDB series plates made by Hi-Signs in the early-2000s. A small number of Commercial plates have been observed with blue on white T (truck) or rare DA (Driveaway/transporter) class stickers. Blue outline bison changed to solid black in 2013 at CFP/CFR changeover point.

Certain commercial trucks have been eligible for X, CAVR or Apportioned plates for decades. All Manitoba Apportioned trucks now receive CT plates by default after the PSV category was abolished by legislation in March 2019. Old PSV plates continued to be issued for a short time until most stocks were exhausted by 2020-21. Careful field observation, analysis and study of these high-mileage truck and bus plates was performed in the early-2020s. The blue on clear "Apportioned" sticker affixed to the front plate quickly disintegrates and has a failure rate of over 97%. The orange peel textured HD sheeting plates that started in the CJC series are themselves also subject to severe peeling and bug damage, especially when used on Apportioned vehicles.

Andrew Osborne - 27 May ’24

Commercial Trailer new

CNE 706TL
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The Manitoba Commercial Trailer plate is made by Waldale, measures 6 x 12" and features the small letters "TL" embossed below the serials. From 1997-2008, the series was CAL-CZL (first letter always C, third letter always L) and included a small batch of Hi-Signs plates made only in the CPL, CRL and CSL series. The next series was CLA-CLZ (second letter always L) and continued the original blue "outline" bison that lasted until 2015 when the end of the CLP series was reached. Solid black bison started at CLR 001 and the next series was CMA-CMZ lasting from 2018-2023.

Manny Jacob - 19 Jun ’24

Dealer

D70104
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New black bison starts at D60701.

Andrew Osborne - 20 May ’24

Livery

XAF 983
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Manitoba Livery licence plates since 1997 were made by Waldale and featured sticker boxes and blue outline bison. All plates were issued in pairs starting in the XAA series and were registered with one of four blue on white class stickers for Winnipeg taxicab (LV, most common), rural taxicab (CL), limousine (LM) and seasonal Christmas taxi (TX, rare). A regulatory change implemented in March 2018 resulted in all livery plates being replaced with regular passenger plates; no further X plates issued and all off the road since.

Andrew Osborne - 20 Dec ’17

Motorcycle

3GV01MC
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Manitoba motorcycle licence plates were updated to a smaller 4" × 7" size starting with 5EB01 in April 2013. Sticker box outlines were dropped starting in the FN series appearing in 2019. Numbers/letters re-aligned to center of plate, province name enlarged and reflective sheeting changed to HD type starting at FT series appearing in 2020.

Andrew Osborne - 9 Oct ’23

Motorcycle (Bienvenue)

1JB12MC
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Manitoba introduced a French option for passenger, personalized, amateur radio and motorcycle in 2013. Motorcycle plates started at 1JB01 but are virtually never seen except for the occasional personalized version. (Thanks to Manny Jacob for the tip!)

Manny Jacob - 7 Mar ’24

Motorcycle (large plate)

6DT50MC
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Manitoba motorcycle licence plates measured 5" × 8" starting in the 1950s and into the current series of plates until they were resized to 4" × 7" in 2013.

Current numbering format started at 1AA01 in 1997 and included a slight sheeting colour darkening starting in the mid-CW series in 2009. Issuance reached the early-DT series in 2015 by which point demand for these larger plates stalled. Brokers now issue the preferred smaller plates by default but some still have large plate old stock in 2023.

Manny Jacob - 31 Jan ’24

Motorcycle Dealer

D6786 DLR
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This smaller size plate debuted in 2019.

Andrew Osborne - 19 Jul ’21

Motorcycle Dealer (large)

D6437DLR
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"DLR" embossed bottom center; some errors issued with "MC".

Manny Jacob - 19 Aug ’18

ORV

8R428ORV
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Small 5x8" size painted black on yellow Off Road Vehicle (ORV) plates were introduced for small all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and other off road types in 1988. Reflectorized plates appeared in 2008 starting with the 1X9 - 999X9 series which then moved to numbering format 9A999 in 2010. Snowmobiles which use the extensive "Snoman" trail system attached a small sticker to their plate until they were moved to the new orange Snoman plate in December 2015. Issuance of yellow plates for remaining ORV vehicle types (including a separate series for ORV dealers) continues with numerous changes in dies, sheeting, stickers and sticker boxes and numbering.

Andrew Osborne - 9 Feb ’24

ORV Dealer

2017DDLR
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Manitoba ORV dealer licence plates replaced Snowmobile dealer (SD prefix) plates in 1988. ORV dealer plates were produced with various dies, SD, OR and DL prefixes and the D suffix since 2009. Snowmobile Dealers (Snoman) left this category and branched off into their own series again in 2015. ORV dealers continue to use this yellow plate. These plates are rarely seen by the casual observer. (Thanks to Manny Jacob for the tip!)

Manny Jacob - 20 Mar ’24

PSV

PEF 942
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In 2019 PSV, taxi, livery and tractor were all discontinued. A few stray PSV plates are still out there, being replaced by commercial when they expire.

Until this series was eliminated, vehicles registered in IRP used these plates fitted with a blue on clear "Apportioned" sticker bottom center. Driveaway (DA) and Bus (PB) plates were denoted with respective blue on white class sticker in upper left corner.

PCK series skipped.

The new solid black bison logo started at PCR 001.

Chris Martin - 25 Apr ’23

PSV Trailer

PAL 975TL
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Small "TL" embossed below the serial.

One of the province's rarest types: numbering began at PAL 001 in 1997 and hardly advanced before the series was discontinued in 2019.

Manny Jacob - 28 May ’24

Remote Area

RA 4314
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Manny Jacob - 26 Oct ’23

Repairer

R19605
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Andrew Osborne - 28 May ’24

Semi-Trailer

TK-12-52SEMI
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Seen in Brooks, Alberta

Issuance order since 2003: SG, SH, SJ, SK and SL with Hi-Signs dies. Then Waldale-made plates issued starting in 2005-06 with SM, SR, SX, and now SY series. Many letters skipped due to conflicts with old '98 base numbers (such as SN, ST, SU) still lingering in DMV computers.

All semi-trailer letter series start at 10-01.

Semi Trailer plates changed from plain blue on white to fully graphic (like car plates) at TA-18-41.

Eric Bryden - 9 Jun ’24

Snoman

6Y794
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"Snowmobilers of Manitoba."

These plates were introduced in December 2015 and started with 1S001 before moving to T, U and V series. Sticker boxes were dropped starting in the 9V series, which appeared in 2021.

Andrew Osborne - 9 Feb ’24

Temporary new

P165311
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2-part temp permit introduced in January 2021. The plate portion of the permit must be displayed on the rear outside of the vehicle with the permit portion to be taped to the inside front window. They are printed in regular (6.25 x 11") or smaller MC size; both use the same number series.

Andrew Osborne - 17 Jun ’24

Tractor

38C96TR
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Manitoba Tractor registration existed as early as the 1940s generally for non-farm use. Early plates were full-sized but were reduced to a small trailer-sized plate in the 1950s. Since 1971, Tractor plates have been denoted with a small "TR" caption (not to be confused with the "TL" caption found on common trailers) at bottom of plate. While always relatively scarce, they were more a bit more numerous in some earlier years. In the 21st century, approximately 140 per year were registered until the category was discontinued in 2019.

Manny Jacob - 15 Jan ’15

Trailer new

257KBTL
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Common 5 x 8" plate found on all non-commercial/non-semi trailers. Most made by Waldale since 1997 with the exception of some J and K series plates made by Hi-Signs in the early-2000s. Sheeting revised to a slightly darker colouration starting at P001J in 2008.

Manny Jacob - 19 Jun ’24

Vintage Auto

2177
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3-digit plates are embossed black on white, bison lower left, type introduced in 1967. 4-digit plates were ordered from Waldale.

Andrew Osborne advises that these plates are issued non-sequentially and numbers are pulled out of order, so there is no true high.

Manny Jacob - 29 Aug ’23

Vintage Motorcycle (1985)

1199
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Introduced in 1985 for motorcycles 30 years and older used only in parades, repair movements and approved rallies and events. Reflective undated 5 x 8" black on white plate, black on clear "VINTAGE MC" type sticker made by Western Tools. Serial range 1000-1199. Data courtesy Andrew Osborne.

Manny Jacob - 27 May ’12

Vintage Motorcycle (2012)

1499
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Fully embossed 5 x 8" Waldale-made plate produced in range 1200-1499. #1499 was likely issued in the summer of 2020. The next series starts at #3000. Data courtesy Andrew Osborne.

Manny Jacob - 27 Apr ’24

Vintage Motorcycle (2022)

3159
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Small Vintage MC plate started at number 3000 and is still reflectorized and

fully embossed. These plates are the same standard 4 x 7" size as all other

motorcycle plates produced since 2013. Data courtesy Andrew Osborne.

Manny Jacob - 14 May ’24

Specialty Plates

Basketball Manitoba

BK2553
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Introduced for cars and motorcycles in March 2017.

Andrew Osborne - 31 Jan ’24

Brandon Wheat Kings

WK2004
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Introduced for cars and motorcycles on February 24, 2014.

R Toews - 20 Jan ’24

Brandon Wheat Kings Motorcycle

WK010
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Available February 24, 2014.

Manny Jacob - 27 Aug ’17

Curling Manitoba

CM0961
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Introduced for cars and motorcycles on December 9, 2013.

Andrew Osborne - 21 Jul ’23

Firefighter (Rural) new

FF3517
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Introduced for cars only in summer 2012, and motorcycles in late 2013. Available to career firefighters (outside Winnipeg), paid on-call firefighters, volunteer firefighters, and First Nations firefighters.

Low: FF0002 per Manny Jacob.

Manny Jacob - 19 Jun ’24

Firefighter (Rural) Motorcycle

FF082
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Available late 2013.

Manny Jacob - 21 Aug ’16

Firefighter (Winnipeg)

WF2448
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Available since summer 2012 to career firefighters in Winnipeg. The plate number is keyed to the owner's badge number. Andrew Osborne advises that several very high numbers were issued out of sequence upon request (e.g., WF8761, spotted by Martin Houle in 2014). The "actual" high shown here does not take these special requests into account.

Andrew Osborne - 3 May ’22

Firefighter (Winnipeg) Motorcycle new

WF072
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Available late 2013.

Andrew Osborne - 18 Jun ’24

Firefighter Spouse (Winnipeg)

WF5116
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Identical to the Winnipeg Firefighter series but with numbers in the WF5000s.

Manny Jacob - 18 May ’22

Fish Futures

1157F
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Introduced in May 2013; available only for trailers. Fish Futures receives $30 from each sale.

Manny Jacob - 4 Aug ’17

Paramedic

11517P
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Paramedic passenger licence plates available only to paramedics were introduced Feb 3, 2017. Plates are only produced on demand (not sequentially) and display the member ID number. 9000 series plates are reserved for immediate family members and are issued sequentially, for example 09553P family issue observed 4-26-17. Not available for motorcycles. Data

courtesy Andrew Osborne.

Manny Jacob - 22 Oct ’21

Snoman

S05059
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"Snowmobilers of Manitoba." Introduced on November 3, 2014 for cars only. The S series follows the SW series.

Andrew Osborne - 23 May ’24

Support Our Troops

05911
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Introduced for cars and motorcycles on June 8, 2015.

Andrew Osborne - 15 Mar ’24

Support Our Troops Motorcycle

346
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Available June 8, 2015.

Manny Jacob - 23 May ’24

University of Winnipeg

UW0811
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Introduced for cars and motorcycles on June 9, 2014.

Andrew Osborne - 28 Nov ’23

University of Winnipeg Motorcycle

UW013
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Manny Jacob - 18 Aug ’19

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2011)

BB8099
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Introduced June 12, 2011 for cars only. In recognition of the Winnipeg Football Club's 81st year, only 8,100 plates were made on this design, ranging from BB0001 to BB8100. Personalized plates were unavailable.

Manny Jacob - 12 Jan ’12

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2012)

B08777
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Introduced for cars on June 2, 2012, and motorcycles on April 19, 2013. Low: B00016

Andrew Osborne - 5 Jun ’20

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2020)

B28521
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Introduced for cars only on June 1, 2020.

Andrew Osborne - 18 May ’24

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Motorcycle

B0329
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Available April 19, 2013. The first 200 were manufactured as a 5 x 8" plate, then resized to 4 x 7" starting with B0200.

Manny Jacob - 28 Aug ’22

Winnipeg Goldeyes

G01282
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Introduced for cars on March 22, 2013 and motorcycles on April 19, 2013.

Andrew Osborne - 2 May ’22

Winnipeg Goldeyes Motorcycle

G0031
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Available April 19, 2013.

Manny Jacob - 24 May ’14

Winnipeg Humane Society (2014)

HS4810
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Introduced for cars and motorcycles on April 1, 2014. Replaced by the new design in 2019.

Andrew Osborne - 9 May ’20

Winnipeg Humane Society (2019)

0302HS
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Introduced in September 2019 for cars and motorcycles. Commemorates the 125th anniversary of the Society.

Andrew Osborne - 12 Jun ’24

Winnipeg Humane Society Motorcycle

HS017
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Available April 1, 2014.

Manny Jacob - 30 Aug ’15

Winnipeg Jets

J50764
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Blue graphic specialty passenger car licence plates to celebrate the NHL Winnipeg Jets hockey team were introduced on December 12, 2011. All of the initial WJ-prefix plates sold out on the very first day and the second J-prefix series turned out to be very popular as well, selling out that batch of 17,000 plates in the winter months that followed.

Several more runs have been produced since, including a small motorcycle version in April 2013 and regular size J22001-23000 produced in autumn 2013. These plates remain very popular in all versions.

Andrew Osborne - 27 May ’24

Winnipeg Jets Heritage (H) new

H21172
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White Winnipeg Jets licence plates were introduced in two series (JH and H) in September 2021. The 30000-30500 series came out early by mistake. They’re back to 20000 now.

Andrew Osborne - 22 Jun ’24

Winnipeg Jets Heritage (JH)

JH9991
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White Winnipeg Jets licence plates were introduced in two series (JH and H) in September 2021.

Manny Jacob - 23 May ’24

Winnipeg Jets Heritage Motorcycle

H0580
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Available September 2021.

Manny Jacob - 16 Sep ’23

Winnipeg Jets Motorcycle

J0745
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Available April, 2013. (Note, the numbers seem out of order, but that's how they were issued, per Andrew Osborne.)

Manny Jacob - 29 Aug ’21

Military Veteran Plates

Veteran

VAL 440VETERAN
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Special passenger car licence plates to recognize Manitoba veterans and their families were introduced in November 2004. These started at VAA with the VAC series reserved for other languages while series VAG, VAI and VAJ were not produced. Veteran plates for motorcycles were released in April 2013. They are not available to everyone; only veterans qualified through the Royal Canadian Legion may obtain these plates on a special order basis.

Andrew Osborne - 28 May ’24

Veteran (French)

VAC 053ANCIEN COMBATTANT
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Introduced in 2004, French-language passenger licence plates are available upon request to qualified veterans. Plates are specially made with screened ANCIEN COMBATTANT in place of the English VETERAN bottom center.

Andrew Osborne - 6 May ’24

Veteran Motorcycle

V345MC
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Veteran licence plates for motorcycles were introduced in April 2013. Although announced as a large size 5" × 8" plate in late 2012, the actual plates have been the updated standard 4" × 7" size since the beginning. Sticker box outlines were dropped, numbers/letters re-aligned to center of

plate, province name enlarged and reflective sheeting changed to HD type in the mid-V200 series appearing in 2019.

Andrew Osborne - 6 May ’24